San Francisco Burn Injury Lawyers
Over Half a Billion Recovered for Victims of Negligence in the Bay Area
A burn injury beyond the first degree may be extremely expensive to treat correctly and is often mentally distressing to have sustained. When your injury was caused by another party, it can be all the more traumatic. The law, however, accounts for this by offering those injured the opportunity to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more via a formal legal claim.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury, our San Francisco lawyers at Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn are ready to help you understand your legal rights and pursue your maximum financial recovery. We will want to investigate your side of the story thoroughly to get to the bottom of what happened and build a solid case from there.
Call a San Francisco burn injury attorney at (415) 940-7176 today or request your free consultation online.
The Severity of Burn Injuries
When you are seeking compensation for a burn injury you have suffered, the severity of your burn will determine how much financial compensation you may be able to recover. Negligent parties, their insurance providers, and any other form of opposition you may encounter will surely be looking into the details of your burn. They may even request access to your medical records. By knowing more about your injury ahead of time, you could prevent them from gaining an advantage.
Burn injuries come in varying levels of severity:
- First degree: Skin will become red and sensitive but is unlikely to blister.
- Second degree: Skin will thicken in response to the burn, and blisters may be widespread.
- Third degree: Skin tends to appearwhite, leathery, and dead, as the damage runs through all layers of flesh.
- Fourth degree: Skin is blackened and charred; tendons, muscles, and bones may be destroyed.
There are also fifth- and sixth-degree burns, which are so severe that they are not considered survivable.
What Cases Do Burn Injury Attorneys Accept?
At Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn, we have represented individuals who have suffered serious, yet preventable, burns due to:
- Hot liquids or gases
- Open flames
- Thermal sources
- Arc flashes
- Electrical faults
- Downed power lines
- Construction accidents
- Motor vehicle collisions
The key factor of any burn injury case is whether the burn was the fault of another party. For example, if power lines were set up in a way that disregards safety protocols, the company that installed them can be held accountable should they fall and cause injury.
As for cases centering around defective product burns, the product manufacturer or retailer may be held liable if you prove that the product was designed defectively, a manufacturer error occurred that made it malfunction, it was marketed as safer than it is, or there was no warning of potential danger. Taking on a large company requires the skill of a trained lawyer because there is little to no chance that they will easily admit fault. A legal professional will examine the details of your case and greatly strengthen your chances of winning.
As for cases in which a burn injury arose from a vehicle accident, claimants will be required to establish that the other driver was at fault. Often, attorneys will need to investigate existing evidence and reconstruct the crash to uncover additional proof. It is not easy to do so without any previous experience. Therefore, it is advised to seek professional legal help as soon as possible.
CA Statute of Limitations for Burn Injury Claims
Per the statute of limitations, California residents have two years from the date of their burn injury to file a formal legal complaint. For cases against a government agency or entity, burn victims are only given six months from the date of their injury. There are some exceptions, such as for victims without the mental capacity to bring a case forward before these deadlines.
The Negative Impacts & Complications of Severe Burn Injuries
The negative effects of burn injuries are abundant and expensive to treat, as patients may need multiple surgeries or lifelong treatments to recover. Skin grafts and plastic surgery may be used to reconstruct burned areas or to reduce scarring. For a serious burn injury that damages joints or nerves, rehabilitation is often required.
Additional medical attention is required should a burn injury patient suffer complications, the most common of which tend to be:
- Fluid loss
- Bone and joint issues
- Infection of the burn site
- Infection of the bloodstream (sepsis)
- Respiratory problems from inhaled ash/smoke
- Weakened immune system (immunocompromised)
It is uncontested that medical expenses for burn injuries are tremendous, as is the associated pain and emotional distress. The financial compensation that may be obtained through a legal claim is necessary to cover past medical expenses and to continue to receive proper medical care.
You do not have to seek justice alone — burn injury attorneys are passionate about helping victims wronged by negligence. Our team at Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn will focus on your case so you can continue to prioritize your health.
Speak with Our San Francisco Legal Team
At Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn, our award-winning legal advisers have won more than $500 million for our Bay Area clientele. Our San Francisco lawyers aim to help injured individuals receive the compensation they need without burdening them any further. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, so you have nothing to risk by contacting our firm.
Call (415) 940-7176 to schedule your free consultation with a San Francisco burn injury lawyer.